Scruff’s Top 5

2018 is off to a good start, change is coming and I am embracing it. I had my first show of the year this past Saturday in Cedar Rapids at Just Jules. This was the second time within the last 6 months I had been asked to play at this venue. The show was live streamed and the crowd enjoyed what I had played. Earlier in the day I was at the Sioux Center Bridal Show, talking to newly engaged couples, and networking with other venders that catered to weddings. I will say over the course of my musical journey I have noticed that networking will elevate your career just as fast if not faster than just relying on your ability to get booked. The two things work hand in hand, supporting other people in your field will not only put you in a place where you are connecting with like minded individuals, but it will give you the opportunity to gain some exposure. I’m not talking sales pitch, but when you are surrounded by people who are striving for the same goals, you tend to find someone you connect with, resulting in numerous potential opportunities. The brides to be were all excited to hear from the S&E guys, one couple booked us on they spot. It’s so rewarding when you find the client, the right partner, the right fit for your character. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks as the brides start to call in. It is truly a joy and honor to be a part of the day that you will never forget.

I not ashamed to admit when I have slacked off, and I have definitely slacked the past few days. I’m staying consistent with my push ups and stretches, yet I wake up at 5 then go back to bed. I will make the excuse in my head that due to the long weekend on the road I didn’t have the motivation to get up. That’s not going to be the excuse tomorrow though. I encourage anyone trying to make a better of themselves, it’s not easy and expect to fail at times. Keep on getting up and trying again, one day it will stick and you won’t realize it but you’ll be doing what you want to accomplish on a consistent level for change. I will get up tomorrow at 5 am and stretch, drink some water, read, shower, eat a healthy breakfast learn a thing or two and get ready for work. It may seem like a lot to try and keep up with but honestly it’s not. These are the things that I want out of life for me, not for my job, or my mom, but me. This is what I have to do in order to do the things that I want to do in life, I just have to keep reminding myself that I won’t always hate getting up at 5, I will embrace it and look forward to it as time progresses, not because 5 am isn’t early in the morning, but because when I get up at 5 everything that I am doing will make me a more well balanced person in my opinion. In the long run it will make me happier, it will make me feel more accomplished, it will make the days that much brighter, because for the first time I am putting a more positive, healthier, and effective me in the front of my priority list.

  1. Mental – Wax Motif & Ricci
  2. 1998 (Ewan Jansen Remix) – Taras Van De Voorde
  3. Cold Heart – Dusky 
  4. Play – Gene Farris, Riva Starr, Dennis Cruz 
  5. Chunks – Odd Mob

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